Today, with a bit of pride, we are happy to announce the release of our ZOO 2.4 BETA. As promised we worked hard the last weeks on making ZOO work with Joomla 1.6. And here it is running on both, Joomla 1.5 and 1.6! In this post will shed some light on the new Joomla 1.6 version and take a closer look at the new features.
Ready for Joomla 1.6
We had already plans to make a major overhaul to ZOOs underlying framework with the 2.4 release to increase its flexibility. So it was the perfect time to take it for a test drive with Joomla 1.6. To achieve compatible with both Joomla versions we added a new abstraction layer between Joomla and the ZOO. This makes it possible to have the same ZOO version running on Joomla 1.5 and 1.6. This means all functionalities of ZOO for Joomla 1.5 are also available in ZOO for Joomla 1.6. We have not yet fully embraced all of Joomla 1.6s new capabilities but this new framework will make it possible to take advantage of e.g. Joomlas ACL in a future update.
Of course we added some cool, new stuff through the framework overhaul. We are most excited about a new event system which allows other components to easily attach themselves to the ZOO. This is awesome for third party developers. It makes it possible to integrate with other third party extensions like e-commerce extensions.
We also make use of it and added one of the most demanded features for the ZOO: A notification system for both comments and submissions! You can now assign who will be notified on new comments and submissions. Users who post comments will also be notified of replies. They can also unsubscribe from those topics.
After each ZOO upgrade, there were still old files from previous ZOO installations lingering in your core ZOO directories. There is a new feature now, that tells you what files are modified or even unknown. It lets you remove those unknown files, to get a clean ZOO installation. But there is a bunch of other new stuff to explore like collapsible categories in the administration UI and a cool new ZOO Quickicon module.
Tools for ZOO
The ZOO 2.4 BETA is exclusively available for members only who purchased the ZOO app bundle. As soon as ZOO 2.4 goes STABLE, it will be released for the public. Members can go straight to the download section in the member area and take ZOO 2.4 BETA for a spin! Be aware that it is a BETA version. It is not intended to be used on a production web site just yet.
We have also updated the ZOO to the Stable 2.3.4 version. It includes quite a few bugfixes and the cool new ZOO Quickicon module.
Please give us your feedback and tell us what you think!